Author Archives: Emily Files

LGBTQ support group meets in Ketchikan

Jacob Trumble, Holly Nore, Tyler Varner, "Izm," and Austin Kalkins meet up in a casual support group for LGBTQ people in Ketchikan.While support may be rising nationwide, there aren’t any official LGBTQ organizations in Ketchikan. But there are unofficial support systems.

Report Card to the Public outlines Ketchikan student performance

kayhiHere’s the synopsis: test scores are up, but the four-year graduation rate is down and the drop-out rate is up.

School District deals with ten-student drop

The Ketchikan School District is dealing with another unexpected change in enrollment.

Decrease in 4-year graduation rate, small increase in drop-out rate

Myra Zelensky teaches a 35-student French 1 class.The Ketchikan School District’s 4-year graduation rate dropped in the 2013-2014 school year. It fell from 77 percent to 73 percent. That’s still slightly higher than the statewide rate of 71 percent.

School Board starts safety assessment conversation

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolOn Wednesday evening, the School Board held a public work session to talk about how to deal with dozens of recommendations in a recent safety assessment report.

Thorne Bay XC star’s journey to find identity outside of running

Sheila Nyquest is Taylee's mother and cross country coach.Taylee Nyquest is a cross country star from the approximately 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. Cross country has shaped her family dynamics, her relationship with the community and her perception of herself.

Community speaks out on Kayhi football coach firing

Former Kayhi football coach Les Silva talks to the Ketchikan School Board with football players standing behind him.There has been tension between the Kayhi football team and school administration since the beginning of the season, over the game schedule, over funding. Last Thursday, the tension came to head.

In uncontested race, O’Brien and Brown win School Board seats

Candidates Michelle O'Brien and Glenn Brown in the KRBD studio.Michelle O’Brien and Glenn Brown were elected to the Ketchikan School Board Tuesday.

Kayhi adapts to increased student enrollment

Myra Zelensky teaches a 35-student French 1 class.Enrollment went a little up in some schools and a little down in others. Ketchikan High School had the biggest influx, with a 37-student increase.

UAS Ketchikan receives $6.6 million 5-year grant

UAS professor Dale Miller shows ship simulators that need more classroom space.University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan will receive $6.6 million in federal Title III funds over the next five years.